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people decide it's important. and so this is not going to be simply a matter of me spending political capital. >> president obama on "meet the press" over the weekend. in the wake of the newtown, connecticut school shootings. the president insisted he wants new gun control legislation passed in the next year. he put vice president biden in charge of that task force to make recommendations to him. democratic congressman john yarmouth of kentucky joins us now and he sits on the budget oversight and government reform and ethics committees. good to see you. >> good to be with you. >> what is your thought on what the president said on "meet the press?" >> i think he is absolutely right. what sets this apart, however, is that we do have presidential leadership on this issue. that is something that hasn't been there during past attempts to do something to curb gun violence. i am thrilled about that. i agree with him totally. i've said many times the public has to keep the drum beat going because unless there is a perceived cost to many of the politicians up here not much is likely to happen.
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am EST
for social security. i think we have a spending problem. i think obama and the democratic party is pushing the buss over the cliff. i think congress should get out of the way and let them push it. we should have a rational negotiant. -- negotiation. i think senator reid should get a vote for congress. that is about all have to say. host: patrick from montgomery, alabama. a republican from indiana and incoming republican freshman class president was on with us on a "newsmakers." i want to play you a piece of him talking about the involvement of newly elected members. >> how involved are new elected members? a house republican conference has been holding conference calls. are you guys on the calls? or do you guys not get anything until january 23? >> it varies. we are not on every conference call. we were certainly there while you were there for orientation in the first part of december. we have been briefed on many of the policy proposals. we are being kept abreast, but i would tell you, it is not quite like being a member of congress. host: that was congressman select "master. -- luke mess
Dec 31, 2012 9:20am EST
. it has continued right along. that level of increased spending has continued with president obama every year since 09. stuart: hold on a second. can we please roll the sound bite of president obama and a trillion dollars worth of cuts. go. >> if you look at my track record over the last two years, i cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011. i campaigned on the promise of being willing to reduce the deficit in a serious way in a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy while keeping middle class taxes low. stuart: i think that was from met the press. -- meet the press. david: yes, it was. stuart: the president specifically said i have cut the deficit by 1 trillion dollars. david: he said i cut spending by 1 trillion dollars. stuart: by 1 trillion dollars. is that true? david: not at all. i'm looking in my hand. these are the figures from the department of treasury. spending 09, 3 trillion 500 billion. 2010, 3 trillion 500 billion. 2011, 3 trillion 600 billion. 2012, 3 trillion 538 billion. he has not cut a trillion dollars. where are those cuts? we just
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of one or two people, multiply that by tens of thousands small businesses you'll see the consumer spend less. gregg: congress can handle it individually because the president signed an executive order giving them all pay raises. >> it's true. gregg: unbelievable. heather. heather: coming up president obama facing another key test as he approaches the start of his second term. the ongoing battle now turning to america's ports, as a strike deadline fast approaches. doug mcelway live from washington. doug, the complaints of longshoreman whose strike was temporarily averted last week is kind of a symbol of what is threatening unions all across the nation, right? >> it really is heather, the longshoreman have been threatened by automation. it takes one longshoreman to do a job in the early 1960s it took three men to do. as automation has increased the longshoreman's union demanded their job security be plea served. the shipping industry worked out a deal where longshoreman would be paid a fee based on the weight of every container this a ship carries. but the industry finds it prohibitive le